held up in rear, mistake 7th, headway before 3 out, not clear run after home bend, soon switched left then right, went 2nd before mistake last, stayed on, held inside final 100 yards
Defending champion PAISLEY PARK bids for an eighth straight victory and is difficult to oppose. Despite having won Grade 2 races here and at Newbury this season, he has been prepared with this race in mind and he has the stand-out form over 3m. Penhill, though still useful, is not the same horse that won this in 2018 and was well beaten by Apple's Jade at Leopardstown over Christmas but the prolific mare then ran a shocker when pulled up behind Benie Des Dieux at Gowran. Summerville Boy was beaten fair and square behind the selection last time having won the Relkeel here earlier but still holds Lisnagar Oscar, Tobefair and L'Ami Serge. City Island is interesting as he won the Ballymore last year. He hasn’t been in the same form this season, however, and has recently undergone wind surgery. Emitom disappointed on his reappearance here but then won a Grade 2 at Haydock and he is one of the unknown quantities in the race.
Ask Dillon (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Mid-division, closer chasing leaders approaching 5th, pushed along before 2 out, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 17, 3 3/4l behind Limited Reserve (10-3) at Sandown 2m 7f hcp (1) hvy in Feb.
Bacardys (FR) 6-4jfav (11-10) Soon raced in moderate 3rd, slight mistake 5th, lost position from 3 out, no impression approaching 2 out, kept on again without threatening run-in, 4th of 7, 23l behind Apple's Jade (11-3) at Leopardstown 3m (1) sft in Dec.
City Island (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Raced in 4th, dropped to last after 8th, pushed along after 3 out, went 3rd but off front pair into straight, left 2nd from last and kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 24l behind Carefully Selected (11-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f (1) sft in Jan.
Donna's Diamond (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Prominent, challenged before 7th, led before 3 out, soon headed, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Emitom (11-2) at Haydock 3m (1) hvy in Feb.
Emitom (IRE) 7-4fav (11-2) Held up, headway 8th, not much room final bend and lost place, quickly recovered and led before 3 out, soon headed, led again 2 out, not fluent last, clear flat, comfortably, won at Haydock 3m (1) hvy in Feb beating Donna's Diamond (11-2) by 8l, 6 ran.
L'Ami Serge (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 2 out, headway off last bend, 4th when jumped left last, no impression, weakened flat, 7th of 8, 10 3/4l behind Paisley Park (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m (1) sft in Jan.
Lisnagar Oscar (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Chased leader until after 3rd, stayed in close 3rd, every chance off last bend, not pace of front pair from last, kept on, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Paisley Park (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m (1) sft in Jan.
Paisley Park (IRE) 4-6fav (11-6) Mid-division, closed 6th, ridden off last bend, led last, pricked ears flat, stayed on, driven out, won at Cheltenham 3m (1) sft in Jan beating Summerville Boy (11-6) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Penhill 3-1 (11-3) Waited with, soon raced in 6th, not fluent 7th, headway approaching straight, 2nd 2 out, soon not match winner and one pace, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Cracking Smart (11-3) at Navan 2m 5f (1) hvy in Feb.
Ronald Pump 7-4 (11-0) Held up in touch in rear, slight mistake 10th, pushed along next, no impression from 4 out, moderate 5th when left 4th 2 out, hands and heels run-in, 4th of 6, 21l behind Carefully Selected (11-6) at Naas 3m (1) sft in Jan.
Summerville Boy (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Led, mistake 2 out, ridden after 2 out, headed and mistake last, held flat, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Paisley Park (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m (1) sft in Jan.
The Jam Man (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Mid-division on inner, hampered 4 out, 8th 3 out, headway after next, went 3rd entering straight, soon ridden in 2nd, kept on same pace in 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 28, 1 1/2l behind Treacysenniscorthy (10-6) at Leopardstown 3m hcp Yielding in Feb.
Tobefair 20-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, outpaced before last, kept on flat, went 4th inside final 100 yards, 4th of 8, 6 3/4l behind Paisley Park (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m (1) sft in Jan.
West Approach 11-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 9th, soon ridden, well beaten before 2 out, plugged on flat, just failed to get 3rd, 4th of 6, 11 1/2l behind Emitom (11-2) at Haydock 3m (1) hvy in Feb.
Apple's Jade (FR) 11-8 (11-3) Led, mistake 5th, joined before 3 out, soon ridden, headed after 3 out, weakened quickly, pulled up before 2 out, at Gowran Park 3m (1) Soft - Heavy in Jan.